Author Archives: Michael Johnston

Bells of St Anne Recording Added

Bells of St Anne Recording Added At the notice of a friend, I have added a terrific recording of the second piece from St Lawrence Sketches by Alexander Russell, “The Bells of St Anne de Beaupré.” It was played by … Continue reading

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“Munsters” Will Be A Highlight of the Evening

“Yes, Michael, I was able to download the pieces just fine. I am planning a Halloween Organ Recital, and this will certainly be one of the highlights of the evening!”—Connecticut, USA He’s referring to the theme from the television show, … Continue reading

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Interesting Harmonies in Triumphant Procession

“Hi Michael. The pieces arrived yesterday, many thanks. Some of your harmonies in the Triumphant Procession are interesting! Kind Regards.” —United Kingdom

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Dickinson & Garden — What A Team

Dickinson & Garden — What A Team I’ve added two more photos to my collection of composers who wrote or arranged organ music. These two produced a series of duets I am currently restoring. Clarence Dickinson, an AGO Founder, and … Continue reading

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Charlotte Mathewson Lockwood Garden

Charlotte Mathewson Lockwood Garden In the course of restoring a set of duets by Clarence Dickinson and Charlotte Mathewson Lockwood, I asked John Apple for some information on her. Like most of you, I suspect, I knew very little about … Continue reading

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A Summer Caprice, Schreiner’s Interlude, Carmen’s Intermezzo, and a Two-person Valkyries Ride

July is upon us here in the American South, and Heat is king with Humidity as his queen! The first three pieces in this announcement are light and good for a Summer program. The last is a duet arrangement of … Continue reading

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How Loud Should the Organ Be in the Saint-Saëns Third?

Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony Much Better on Second Night This review is from earlier this month, but I haven’t seen much else written about it, so I am mentioning it here. I am a fan of Scott Cantrell, but in this … Continue reading

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The Organs Speak for Me and Will after I Am Gone

Music Makers: Kegg Pipe Organ Builders Charles Kegg and his six employees have built 52 pipe organs that have been installed across the nation and has helped repair, restore and improve dozens of other organs. “We build them one at … Continue reading

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Thanks for the Biggs Toccata

Thanks for the Biggs Toccata Thank you, and also thanks for keeping all this great music of do many outstanding 20th century American organist/composers alive. I found out about your music from a performance of Richard Keys Biggs’ Toccata on … Continue reading

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A New, Younger Nevin

A New, Younger Nevin I got a much nicer photo of Nevin to replace this candid snapshot. This portrait below is from 1933 when he was aged 41 years. I’m working on restoring his Toccata in D Minor which is … Continue reading

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